Knot Stock | Furthermore Beer

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Knot StockKnot Stock

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Furthermore Beer
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer in a bottle a few years ago. The Trapp Door has it on tap right now and I'm revisiting this interesting brew. This beer pours out as a deep amber color, the head is a little fizzy but does manage to lace the glass pretty well. The smell if the beer has a slight aroma of black pepper and lemon zest. The taste of the beer isn't as peppery as I remembered it being from the bottle. However, the taste of the beer still has a really subtle pepper flavor which I enjoy a lot. The aftertaste has a little bit of heat to it, very nicely done. The mouthfeel is drinkable, nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall I like it, I wish there were more beers made like this one. I like it!

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a resilient head that sticks well and makes a nice pattern of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Smells a bit like wet hay; I'm not picking up the character that I had hoped would be in there

Taste: From the start, the beer has a bready flavor that moves in a subtle tangerine direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the piney hops kick in and, much later, the pepper flavor arrives and dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Glad I had a chance to try this unique concoction and, as a pepper lover, it suited my palate for the occasion; doubt I would want to revisit this very frequently, however

Thanks, BuckeyeNation, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, with a hazy orange/umber tone to it. Some foam, not amounting to a decent head.

Smells metallic, not pleasant. No pepper, or much to even signify a beer.

Taste carries some level of hops, and a dry pepper in the finish. A good flavor, that needs to be rounded out. NIce pepper in the aftertaste. Again, not especially balanced.

MF&D- This is drinkable, but with so many other pale ales out there, it doesn't distinguish itself much.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a hazy light copper color with a two-finger white head that sticks around for a bit and then leaves behind a good deal of lacing. The nose immediately hits with a strange spruce and pine-tree character. Following that up is loads of black pepper. Very strange. Aside from that, there's a bit of mildly-sweet caramel malt. The taste is along the same lines and really brings far too much spruce and pine needle character. Huge pepper presence; don't really like it. Very odd. No real hop presence. The finish is bitter and astringent, and not in a good way. Chewing on pine needles, but not the type of resinous pine you'd get from American hops. Not a big fan overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A short head of ivory cream rises above the cloudy deep-amber body of Furthermore's Knot Stock as you pour it. Shortly thereafter the head receeds to a standard collar, but it leaves patches of spotty lace behind.

The nose is surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, peppery over a solidly caramelish malt base. It's not bold, but it's there, and it's really quite interesting!

The flavor follows, with black pepper sprinkled roughshod over the blanket of softly sweet and caramelish malt. Beneath it a solid bitterness balances. As you progress through the glass the pepper starts to build on your lips with a delicate heat; and it becomes more and more noticeable in the flavor. I'd imagine that people who smoke might like this as it's got a little bit of a burn going on. It finishes dry and peppery, with the deeply caramelish malt fading quickly but the pepper hanging on.

Distinctive to say the least, Knot Stock is unlike any other beer I've ever had. There's just enough black pepper there to give it flavor and aroma without it becoming a spice-bomb. Very nicely done, and remarkably unique, I have to give it points for originality but I doubt I'd have more than two of these in a row. Still, it's absolutely worth trying just for the experience.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky copper, with 2-3 fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with about a half finger of rich froth, leaving a big cascade of lace that hangs behind in a thick latticework. The aroma is floral and bready smelling, with a moderately sharp tang of fruity grapefruit to it. Pepper notes rides along with the hops here in the nose, coming off as a bit more subtle feeling.

The bitterness in the taste is spicy with an earthy edge to it towards the back. A sweet backing tang of citrus and toasted malts help balance the hops, while that pepper really hangs past the finish, leaving a steady light warmth on the tongue and lips. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of a crisp prickle to it that then gets a little more bubbly and creamy towards the back of the swallow.

I liked this. A well done APA with the pepper addition giving this a satisfying kick that had me steadily reaching for the next (hopefully) cooling sip. Well done.

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Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Huge foam uprising in the glass. Barely dissipates, just sits there on top of two fingers of amber liquid. Light bodied.

Wow, black pepper flavor is really a knock out. Doesn't have that "pencil shavings" flavor of other pepper flavored beers I've tried. this one is just so overpoweringly peppered it doesn't have time for the graphite hints. Nose filling aromatics are the best feature. But after the pepper fades to a slow burn a rather unpleasant hop bitterness and some dishwater flavors take over.

Definitely an interesting taste for those who can't resist oddball beer flavorings. But fortunately there's a sink handy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Textbook tawny with loads of fine particles that aren't dark enough to be black pepper. The pale caramel colored crown is on the small side despite a spirited pour. To its credit, however, it's persisting nicely. Knot Stock doesn't look like a typical pale ale, but then I have a feeling that it's anything but a typical pale ale.

Since I was aware of the ingredients prior to cracking the crown, the nose shouldn't have been a surprise. I'm still a bit taken aback by the smell of freshly-cracked black pepper in an APA. The spiciness partners well with the underlying ale rather than overwhelming it. This should be great fun.

Knot Stock tastes pretty much how I expected it to taste. As in the nose, Furthermore has found the perfect balance between pepper and ale. Having said that, if you aren't a fan of black pepper, don't even bother. I can even appreciate a mild heat, akin to one of the tamer chile beers. This is deliciously wacky stuff.

I take issue with the brewery's claim that the hoppiness is 'assertive'. It's actually on the well-balanced side, with a lightly sweet mixture of pale and caramel malts and a modest hoppiness whose origins I can only guess at. There's too much pepper messing with my taste buds for me to come up with a hop country of origin.

The mouthfeel is pale ale medium with a pleasing silky softness. Abundant or, worse yet, harsh carbonation would have been exactly the wrong choice. Given the spice load, I'm glad the beer carasses the mouth rather than assaults it.

After drinking the less than spectacular Proper, I wasn't sure how good the rest of the Furthermore lineup would be. Knot Stock is a success because it dares to be different without straying too far out onto the limb of weirdness. While I wouldn't want to drink it often, this certainly was an interesting ride.

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Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from feloniousmonk, cheers Al!

Pours a hazed caramel with 1 finger of cream colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & fruitty

T: Bready, plus a bit of grapefruit & grainyness up front. Pears, apricots & more grapefruit as this warms, plus some cinnamon & tangerine. Finishes with peppery & grapefruitty hops & honey malt

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance; skews fruitty

Drinks pretty easy, this would be in my session rotation if locally obtainable

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Photo of billab914
2.49/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Half Acre pint glass. Poured dark orange/copper in color with a thin and frothy off-white head to it. Decent head retention and some very nice lacing on the glass.

The pepper really comes through in the aroma. Some malt and citrus comes through as well, but the spicy pepper is what my attention is really drawn to.

The taste is also very pepper orientated. Like the nose there is a hint of malt and just a bit of citrusy hops, but it's tough to taste them past the pepper. It's interesting, but too pepper dominated.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average at best, the pepper is just too overwhelming. I would have preferred some balance where the pepper compliments the other flavors a little more. It was interesting but not something I'd buy again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

More like not in stock...amiright?...I got nothin'... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, candied orange peel, and a faint hint of black pepper, which may or may not be due to advertising suggestion. The taste brings in more of the same, the pepper definitely coming through as a genuine thing, which subsequently leads to a mild-ish earthy bitterness through the finish (think chowing down on one of those larger peppercorns that make it through the mill). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice enough beer, one that shows the feasibility of generous pepper use, but also one that doesn't lend itself to too many repeat samplings.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep caramel amber hue almost a crimson color with a light tan head forms nice thick head, with scant speckled lacing. Aroma has citric layers/mild pine with a noticeable pepper as in black pepper kick. Somewhat mild breadiness hints of caramel malt as well to balance things out. By far my favorite offering from the Furthermore gang so far, this beer uses the peppecorns assertively but it intermingles with this style of APA extremely well. Gives somewhat of a cookie cutter style beer some real character. Caramel toasted malt presence, citri/pine and finishes with a nice black pepper kick that livens up the palate and sticks around with each sip. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, carbonation was mellow but fit for the style. That lingering spice of the peppercorn may offend some but it works for me in this particular beer. Drinkability was solid sessionable with moderat alcohol, and mucho flavor I will keep trying whatever Furthermore churns out.;

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Photo of jwc215
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech!

Pours copper - amber with a thin, creamy white head that stays. Broken rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of heavy black pepper. There is a caramelly touch and a hoppy citric undertone after the nose gets adjusted to the heavy dose of black pepper.

The taste is more balanced than I thought it would be from the nose - still it remains noticeable throughout. The beer taste is caramelish maltiness with citric, piney hops coming through, especially in the spicy finish. There's an addition of a sprinking, or so, of crushed black pepper on a hoppy pale ale. Black pepper is not as overbearing as I initially thought it would be, as the progression brings out the pale ale character more, and plenty of hops come through.

It has a pretty chewy, medium body. The aftertaste of citrusy, piney hops linger for awhile. The black pepper lingers quite a long time.

This is certainly an interesting twist - the crushed black pepper is strong - perhaps a bit much - but doesn't completely overwhelm the flavor. More drinkable than I thought it would be from the aroma and initial few sips. Solid pale ale along with the pepper. I can't see drinking much of this at once - the one was fine -interesting and enjoyable. I wish I had tried this with a steak (no need to add pepper to it - of course!) More to it than just the pepper, though it is rather strong.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed and highly carbonated amber hued appearance, under a thin layer of off-whitish foam...

hoppy nose, much in the style of an APA, or English pale...a fruity blend, nothing more or less, quite nice...

Taste: unique,begins like an ordinary ale, then a blast of pepper. Not having detected this black pepper in the nose I wasn't sure how and when it would appear...bang, there it in on the tonggue, and it slinks out the back with the rest...sip again, there it is again, but milder this time, softer, more assured...
gets lighter and more citrus-y further in, parts of the pale ale are coming apart and parts of the pepper are leaving...or are they?...they're still on my tongue!
...and then, they all come together again, the heat still burning on my buds, the overall melding of flavors from the faint cohesion of the ale itself...feels rather light under the flame of the pepper...and the trickling tendrils of the hot pepper continue to buzz through the buds...

would have worked better I think if the body of the beer were fuller and the malt and hops stood up and matched the heat more confidently...that would've helped...I think...

should get extra points for being so unique...and yet, oddly, it doesn't...huh...

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Photo of Tone
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a clear, red/copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong black pepper, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of pale malt. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Tastes of strong pepper, sweet malt, yeast, hint of hop, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good appearance, body and aroma dominated by pepper and low on hops, and decent feel.

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Photo of drabmuh
1.42/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was awful, the worst beer I've ever had and I've had some horrible beers.

Beer is amber and hazy with a thin white head, small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, decent retention.

Aroma is black peppercorns, salt.

Beer is way way way too peppery, lots of black pepper, lots of harsh saltiness, two sips, the rest down the drain, never again.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this one.

Pours a nice hazy dark copper color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy/creamy off-white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, some hops, very slight citrus. The taste is sweet, malty, some hops, slight citrus. Medium body, the finish is slightly bitter. Drinkable, not what I was expecting at all.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knot Stock

Pours a bright amber, decent froth on the pour. In the aroma, hops and some spicy pepper. This follows through to the taste, initially bitter citrus hops, then it gives way to a soft peppery spiciness. Bitter and pepper flavors meld together decently well. This would be a great breakfast omelette companion or a nice compliment to grilled steak. Interesting and a good brewing achievement.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz given to me over the weekend by ditmier... Thanks Eric... you're a good man.

Poured into my Delirium snifter... 1" foamy white head lasts for quite a bit... the brew is a crystal clear amber.

Hmmm... This beer has the biggest "peppercorn" character that I can think of in recent memory... probably in all my memory... it is definitely there, but not overboard... and it is an obvious black pepper... the rest of expected aromas are also present... lite caramel and some subtle malty sweetness pushes the pepper forward... and some background american hops seem actually out of place (but not really given the style of beer... i guess).

Front of palate begins more as a fairly middle of the road standard APA... maybe more likely IMO an amber... some american hops are present.. so is a sorta obvious ale yeasty presence... but after a few sips... a little bit of peppercorn flavor starts appearing.... maybe even collecting near the first inch or so of my tongue... interesting.. as it warms more of a citrus hoppiness emerges and reminds me of tangerines.. the pepper does build on the palate for sure.. but shows up significantly in esophagus heat and more so in the lite burps :-).... no kidding.

Body is about right for an APA... the lighter than expected carbonation lends toward a sorta creamy mouthfeel... good stuff.... odd, for sure... interesting, yeah.... I sorta like this.. I would buy this periodically if it was at a local bottle shop...

Overall... the pepper is a nice and unexpected treat in a pale ale.... Thanks again Eric... muchas appreciated... I never would have heard of this brewery or unique beer without your generosity.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acadia cafe yesterday.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, my God there is a lot of pepper in this one. The menu description does indicate that there is a considerable amount of pepper that goes into the brew, but I confess I wasn't expecting this much. That being said... I think it works pretty well. Aside from the considerable black pepper, I get a hint of sweet malt and some noticeable dry citrus as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this beer, and I appreciate the bascially dry, hoppy, peppery finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly long, bitter and peppery finish. Drinkability isn't bad, despite the amount of pepper in this beer.

An interesting beer, and one that I found surprisingly enjoyable and drinkable, despite all the pepper.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazelnut brown body with a thin bubbly light tan head that fades to a ring pretty quickly. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft caramel malt note with some green herbal hop notes that balance each other very well. They are not really strong smells but very fresh.

T- The soft smooth pale malt flavor has a slight toasted note with a slight light fruit hint. There is a dry crisp malt flavor that is very light toasted but better than biscuit malt. There is a green bitter hop finish that has a soft dry spicy quality to the hops. There is a soft black pepper spice that hangs on the tongue after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft spice heat in the finish.

D- The soft toasted malt notes and the pepper heat are a very nice combo with the hops playing in there also. This is a excellent crafted beer and will be great session beer. I think this would be even more wonderful from a cask. This really reminds me of the soft yet complex British ale fresh from the cask.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The pale ale looks like it has a strong dose of pepper is still in my glass. What should be a golden hue is a dark amber that is impenetrable. A decent head, over a finger, is laced as it slips away.

S: Cracked black peppercorns. Just a dash of pale malts. More cracked black peppercorns.

T: Thankfully the pepper isn't as strong in the body of the ale. My first sip has a burst of citrusy hops. They have taken on an aged, barleywine (lite, in this case) fullness. Immediately after the hops, peppery heat emerges. Again, it doesn't control the taste, managing to stay restrained behind the hops. More surprisingly, the flavor drops off quickly with no pepper lingering.

M: The hops and pepper work well together, better than the nose would indicate. The citrusy bite and peppery sharpness work well together.

D: The nose almost turned me away but the body and taste save the ale. Another decent ale from Furthermore.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: brilliant copper under a 1” white foam collar that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Hop nose is moderate at best, citrus, maltiness low to moderate, light fruity esters on the nose.
T: The attack starts with bready malt, traces of caramel and then a burst of black pepper that oscillates back and forth with the malt seasoned with hop spice and citrus. Finishes dry with a little pepper pop and a slight astringency.
F: Medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: The pepper and the malt actually are well balanced. A fairly medium beer with an interesting pepper touch.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark amber hue with a nice inch of fluffy head.

S - Smells of freshly cracked pepper, caramel, and bread malt.

T - Flavors clash pretty well. First you get the spice of pepper but its quickly covered by a nice taste of sweet caramel that doesn't make the flavor too spiced and leaves you wanting more. Then finishes bitter with bready malt. Very complex and balanced.

M - Medium bodied and succession-able.

D - Well it seems that they can produce good beer and this was another reason to get the variety box. Smooth tasting and a nice ABV to succession. Very great beer guys!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straight up amber with some copper highlights at the bottom of my pint glass. Very quick head and no bubbling. The aroma starts with caramel malts releasing bready aromas. The light citrus hops are hardly noticeable next to the musky white pepper aroma. The taste starts off with a ton of white pepper, then the citrus of the hops starts to creep in more towards the middle of the palate. The finish is bready malt and a light white pepper flavor. Prety unique flavors, but a peppery, grainy palate that didn't suit too well.

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Knot Stock from Furthermore Beer
3.53 out of 5 based on 249 ratings.
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